Mary Fermazin, MD, MPA
Vice President, Health Policy & Quality Measurement
Chief Medical Officer
As HSAG’s Chief Medical Officer for the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program in California, Dr. Fermazin provides leadership and strategic directions in all clinical and quality improvement work. As the Vice President for Health Policy & Quality Measurement, Dr. Fermazin provides leadership for medical, quality measurement, long-term care, and health disparity aspects of HSAG’s quality studies. She also served as the project director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Measures Management Special Project, which began in 2003. While serving on that project, Dr. Fermazin provided clinical leadership and expertise in measurement methodologies related to the design, development, and subsequent evolutions of the CMS Measures Management System (MMS). The MMS provides guidance to CMS contracted measure developers in the development and maintenance of quality measures. Recently, Dr. Fermazin has been appointed to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Advisory Council. This council provides advice to the Secretary and Administrator of AHRQ on matters related to the actions of the Agency to enhance the quality, appropriateness and effectiveness of healthcare services through research and the promotion of improvements in clinical practice and the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare services. Prior to her work at HSAG, she was the Chief of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality at the California Department of Health Services, which established quality improvement strategies for the oversight of the Medi-Cal managed care program. She also served on the NCQA Committee for Performance Measurement, responsible for the development of the Health Plans Employer Data Information Set, now called the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®). Dr. Fermazin also chaired the Medi-Cal Cultural/Linguistic Task Force, which established the first set of cultural/linguistic guidelines for Medicaid health plans. In 1999, she received the Public Health Recognition Award from the California Department of Health Services in recognition of her leadership and contribution to public health.